Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: How to Handle a Heartbreaker (The McCauley Brothers #2) by Marie Harte

                                                              How to Handle a Heartbreaker
                                                                     (A McCauley Brothers novel)
                                                                            Marie Harte
                                                                         August 5, 2014
                                                                  Sourcebooks Casablanca
                                                                               384 pgs
 It’s lust-at-first-sight when Brody Singer first sees Abby Dunn. Abby looks a lot like a woman he once knew, one who died years ago. But Abby’s definitely different—shyer but sexier.

Abby’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Only Abby can write her own ending—will she choose her own happily-ever-after, or stay safe in her shell?

Tanya's Review: 
  I truly enjoyed this book. It made me smile and I had the chance to read it immediately after finishing the first book, The Troublemaker Next Door. This second book is about Brody and Abby, whom we meet in book 1, and after meeting them in the first book I could not wait to start in on this one. Brody Singer had a rough childhood and got to move in with his best friend's family, the McCauleys, when he was very young and was treated just like one of the boys. Brody is not one for relationships,  never really caring to stay with a woman for more than a few days at most or even think about her once he has bedded her. That is until he meets Abby. When she moves in next door to the eldest McCauley brother, he notices her right away and once his best friend and business partner starts having a relationship with Abby's roommate, Maddie (whose story was told in book 1), well sparks begin to fly and Brody just can't seem to stay away. Abby had bad breakup about a year ago which destroyed her self confidence. She writes romance novels under a pseudonym and once Brody starts hanging around so much its all she can do to stop herself from trying out all her wicked ideas on Brody.  These two characters are strong and each unsure of themselves as they try to navigate a relationship, each trying to heal from their pasts.
   While reading you could not help but love these McCauley brothers as you can sense the love they feel for each other and family. From the poker nights to family dinners at mom and dad's house, this family is full of love. Every character in these book has their own personality that shines through, I fell in love with not only the brothers but even Brody's dog, Mutt. Even the females in this series are strong and well written, they are not afraid to take chances and are real. 
     I had been in a bit of a reading slump. It seemed like every contemporary romance I was coming across was about a multi-millionare, rock star or fighter and while I do like those stories I was getting a tad bored. This was a refreshing series to read as its about normal people, plumbers and construction workers falling for realistic girls with ordinary problems of their own. The characters had fun banter, you could relate to their issues, was just a well written realistic book. 
   If you like contemporary romance, realistic heroes, that are smokin hot, then please try this series. I strongly recommend reading the series in order as you are introduced to everyone in book 1, The Troublemake  Next Door, even though it is Flynn and Maddies story. These are the first books I have read by Marie Harte and I can honestly say I am adding her to my author to look for list when I head into bookstores. 

How to Handle a Heartbreaker:    4.5/5  stars

 Note: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review

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